Police raid home of Brussels attack suspect

Belgium's Prime Minister, Charles Michel, said the attack "could have been potentially very dangerous".

The country's terror level remains at three, signifying a serious and likely threat. "If we do that, it would be fulfilling the aim of the terrorists".

On Monday, an armed man was killed in Paris after he rammed a auto loaded with weapons and explosives into a police convoy on the Champs-Élysées.

But Belgian authorities left their national terrorism threat level unchanged, indicating they do not believe another attack is imminent.

And on Saturday, a Welsh man attacked a London mosque with a van, killing one person, injuring 8.

The country has been on high alert since suicide bombers killed 32 people on the city's subway and at Brussels Airport in March past year.

Twin blasts had struck the main terminal of Zaventem global airport at around 7:58 am local time on March 22, 2016.

Van der Sypt said no one else was injured and the damage from the explosion was limited.

The bag caught fire, and the suspect dropped it and ran toward the tracks. The case then partially exploded and with the luggage in flames, the suspect went down to a platform in pursuit of a station master, he said. Nails were also packed into the bag, he said. The man returned to the main ticket hall and rushed toward a military police officer, again shouting "Allahu Akbar!" or "God is the greatest!" in Arabic. "The soldier immediately opened fire and hit the individual several times".

The Prosecutor, Eric Van der Sijpt, described the incident as a "terrorist act".

Belgian Interior Minister Jan Jambon has revealed the identity of the suicide bomber who rocked the station.

The attacker shot dead at Brussels Central Station had a nail bomb that failed to detonate properly.

Michel said more security measures would be put in place for large public events like the Coldplay concert at the King Baudouin stadium later Wednesday.

A railway spokeswoman said some people were crying and shouting. "Then he yelled "Allahu Akbar", and he blew up a wheeled suitcase", Nicolas Van Herringer, a railway sorting agent, told reporters.

His office said that the attacker sympathized with the Islamic State group and added that police who raided his home found "chemicals and material that can be used to make explosives". "People were running away". He lived in Molenbeek, the borough where several of the Isis terrorists behind the attacks in Paris and Brussels in 2015 and 2016 resided.

  • Salvatore Jensen